Hi all, A friend of mine was just given a rebuilt Chickering grand
with Ampico (also rebuilt); he was told he could cut it up for firewood
if he liked. Well, he didn't -- he loves the piano!
Now, this is a very interesting piano, built in 1926. It is, I think,
Spanish Colonial style, with hinges and leg braces and the pedal brace
made of "wrought iron". The piano case itself has no curved sides --
it's all straight lines. You can see from underneath that the rim is
the standard curved rim, with wood added to it to provide support for
the sides; from above it's an oddly shaped trapezoid. When the lid
and key cover are closed, it looks like a big box with turned legs.
The harp has been cast with extra material to match the straight sides,
so this must have been a production run; I can't imaging all these
modifications for a one-off piano. Below the serial number is "5SP".
Any ideas out there? By the way, my friend also received three boxes
of Ampico rolls, too! Some guys just live right...
[ Does it emulate the case of a Hungarian cimbalum? -- Robbie